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Album: Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies

April 11th, 2013

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Volbeat
Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
Spinefarm Records
08 April 2013

by David Keevill

The ascent towards the upper echelons of Europe’s metal strata that Danish chimaera Volbeat (part-rockabilly, part-groove metal, part-rock) have enjoyed over the last 13 years is proof not of a charmed life of Michael Poulsen and co., but of hard graft at making their distinctly obscure clash of sounds work. Their fifth studio album will continue to propel them on this upward trajectory, but it’s not the self-assured follow-up to Beyond Hell/Above Heaven that it should have been.

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Viking Metal and Christianity: A Most Misunderstood Relationship

March 8th, 2012

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David Keevill studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge. That means he knows his stuff when it comes to actual, really-real Vikings. Since both we and he are pedantic sorts, we browbeat him into writing an explanation as to on why anti-Christian imagery in Viking Metal is a horrible anachronism. Yeah, serious intellectual stuff! Bet you weren’t expecting that on Thrash Hits, right?

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Album: Mnemic – Sons of the System

March 12th, 2010

Mnemic
Sons of the System
Nuclear Blast
18 January 2010

 

by Andy Parker

The release of The Audio Injected Soul saw Denmark’s Mnemic receive serious acclaim from the metal world. Released in 2004, for many it was the teat desperately needed since the demise of the industrial nipple that was Fear Factory. Similar characteristics appeared and with single ‘Deathbox’ reaching charts worldwide the band quickly became a hot property.

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Interview: HateSphere – Pepe Hansen on To The Nines

March 30th, 2009

Danish melodic death kings Hatesphere have released their sixth studio album, To The Nines with a vastly altered line-up from their last record. We caught up with sole remaining founding member, Peter “Pepe” Lyse Hansen to talk shop.

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How have the massive personnel changes since Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes affected To The Nines?
“To get in four new guys has meant renewed energy and new ideas – all in all a very fresh feeling. We have been super focused and pissed off this time, so I am sure it has affected the songs. Surely people have been doubting that we could do something good with almost a totally new band, but I think the music speaks for itself! Exactly this doubt from certain fans has made us even more focused, and the trash talking from certain other fans have made us pissed off, so thanks to them, we have made a great album, haha.”

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